Whilst a young sailor overseas I got chased by a man with a knife. It was the only time ever that I overtook the PTI.
The world hasn't greatly changed. You have to be careful, look out for the signs and there are some areas best avoided (as in UK). Another version of the attack: Sky news. I've been to Sarawak and regarded it as a fairly safe place.
Drunken Brits who seem to think that they can do what they like can be a pain. Unfortunately Brits are often the worst behaved especially when booze is around.